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Honor those who have given their lives to protect ours by flying your US Flag properly.
Happy Independence Day!! To all our troops who have served past and present at home and abroad, during times of war and peacetime, I thank you. Without you, the United States of America would have ceased to exist some time ago and we would most likely be speaking some foreign language, eating some foreign food and drinking some foreign beer…..God forbid! We most likely would not be enjoying the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy today. As a nation, we have our issues. But as a whole, we are still the greatest nation in the world, thanks to YOU! And to the civilians who support our troops, I know their success is do in large to your support and sacrifice. Thank you.
It’s that time of year again when grown adults and children alike clammer to the fireworks stands to buy legal (and illegal) explosives in a effort to see who can make it go higher and blow louder. I urge you to back away if your buddy says, “Hey Bob! Hold my beer while I modify this!”
So, why do we have this insatiable need to blow stuff up on the 4th of July? Read the remainder of this entry »
What do you know about our U.S. Flag? I love this poster because it gives so much information about U.S. flag evolution and history.This poster below is at 30% of original size. Click HERE to view this poster in it’s original size.
The First Official United States Flag: The 13-Star Flag became the Official United States Flag on June14th, 1777 and is the result of the congressional action that took place on that date. Much evidence exists pointing to Congressman Francis Hopkinson as the person responsible for its design.The only President to serve under this flag was George Washington (1789-1797). This Flag was to last for a period of 18 years.
JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?
He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
“Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today”.
For EVERY soldier who has served and every soldier still serving I thank you for myself, my family and the United States of America. Your service DOES NOT and will NEVER go unnoticed or unappreciated here. God Bless You ALL. ~ Ms Sparky
9/11 Fatalities included the following (from Wikipedia)
- Everyone aboard the four planes (no one aboard the hijacked aircraft survived) This includes (not counting the hijackers) 79 passengers and 11 crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 11; 51 passengers and 9 crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 175; 53 passengers and 6 crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 77; 33 passengers and 7 crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93.
- 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground:
- This includes 343 New York City Fire Department firefighters, 23 New York City Police Department officers, and 37 Port Authority Police Department officers. Casualties of the 9/11 attacks also included 15 EMTs and 3 Court Officers. Approximately 2,000 first responders were also injured in the attacks.
- 1,366 people died who were at or above the floors of impact in the North Tower (1 WTC); according to the Commission Report, hundreds were killed instantly by the impact while the rest were trapped and died after the tower collapsed (though a few people were pulled from the rubble, none of them were from above the impact zone).
- As many as 600 people were killed instantly or trapped at or above the floors of impact in the South Tower (2 WTC). Only about 18 managed to escape in time from above and in the impact zone and out of the South Tower before it collapsed.
- Of those who worked below the impact zones, only 110 were among those killed in the attacks. The 9/11 Commission notes that this fact strongly indicates that evacuation below the impact zones was a success, allowing most to safely evacuate before the collapse of the World Trade Center.
- 125 in the Pentagon Of the 125 victims in the Pentagon, 70 were civilians and 55 were military personnel. Lieutenant General Timothy Maude was the highest ranking military official killed at the Pentagon.
4418 American Soldiers have died in Iraq fighting terrorism (4736 total coalition troops) 31, 929 US troops have been wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
1,457 Contractor employees have died in Iraq supporting US troops
338 Journalists have died in Iraq trying to cover the story
1279 American Soldiers have died in Afghanistan fighting terrorism (2071 total coalition troops)
I couldn’t find accurate numbers for the number of civilian contractor employees killed in Afghanistan. If you have those send me a link and I will update.
Are we any closer to apprehending Bin Laden? I don’t think so. Personally, I think we are farther! I’m not convinced we are even trying!